Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer accepted the full-time call as pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Washington Island. He began serving here in the fall of 2014. In the ELCA, calls are open-ended, as the congregation and pastor grow and develop in their ministry together.

Pastor Alan grew up on Long Island, New York, about 30 miles east of Manhattan.  He and his wife Maryjeanne lived in Appleton before arriving here to live in Trinity’s parsonage. They have two grown daughters.  

A graduate of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, Pastor Alan was ordained in 1982. His previous call was in full-time intentional interim ministry throughout the East Central Synod of Wisconsin of the ELCA. In that capacity, Pastor Alan served over 20 years in sixteen parishes in this Synod: Our Redeemer, Menasha; Trinity, New London; Shepherd of the Lakes, Waupaca; Good Shepherd, Howard; St. John’s, Oshkosh; Our Savior’s, Iola; St. John’s, Little Suamico (twice); St. Paul, Neenah; Grace, Ripon; Trinity, Stevens Point; Immanuel-Trinity, Fond du Lac; Zion, Appleton; All Saints, Oshkosh; Christus, Greenville; and St. Stephen, Wausau.

“While I enjoyed intentional interim ministry, I am so glad to be in a congregation where I can stay and grow with a congregation. The people of Trinity have been generous, enthusiastic, and gracious to Maryjeanne and me,” declares Pastor Alan. “It never ceases to amaze me how apt a call this is. I enjoy the work and love the people. Worship is enriching and deep, with consistently excellent music. The church community itself is engaging and open, comprised of long-established and new Island residents, seasonal residents, and visitors. The wider community is delightful and active. The parsonage is a large and inviting house that we are proud to have made our home.”

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